Bard Suen

Bard was born in Burnaby, B.C. to a single-working mother who staunchly believed in fighting for a better life for her children. Having emigrated from Hong Kong in her teens, she was the first and only child among her eight siblings to have had the privilege of attending University. Bard’s heart is grounded in a desire to make the sacrifices made by his parents worthwhile, and is also deeply rooted in a belief that our ecological crises are a result of urgent social issues within our community—those of inequity and injustice—that must be addressed if we want a resilient and effective environmental movement.

His work thus far has been generally focused on bridging different ethno-racial and professional communities in the local environmental movement. Bard served for a year on local non-profit RangiChangi Roots Society’s [http://rangichangi.ca] Board of Directors, an organization that worked to facilitate dialogue around local food and ethnically diverse food consumption practices. He led the youth engagement and outreach initiative at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)[http://policyalternatives.ca] on the Climate Justice Project (CJP)[http://policyalternatives.ca/projects/climate-justice-project/] where he developed a new high-school workshop on climate justice and transportation. Most recently, Bard has been working with local non-profit Shark Truth[http://sharktruth.ca] to design programming that will engage the Chinese community with issues beyond shark-finning and marine conservation. He has also assisted with numerous research projects in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, where Bard has grown to love qualitative research and research methodology.

Bard is grateful to have the opportunity to be part of Next Up, and looks forward to exploring how he can best contribute to social and environmental justice movement.

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